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by trolley
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: to repair your computer
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: to repair your computer

Context, context. Without knowing the conversation that lead to that statement, I think it could be any of those. I feel that "is the man" has become a set phrase meaning " is the best man". With nothing else to go on, I'd probably assume that was the intent.
by trolley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Nuts thing
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Re: Nuts thing

I've never seen one of those before. They look handy. I have no idea what they are called but if I had to invent a name for them I'd go with "nut key"
by trolley
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Swings
Replies: 7
Views: 289

Re: Swings

Steve There are specific names for different types of these things but I would say that any seat or platform suspended by rope, chain or wire (intended to move back and froth) is a swing. In fact, they don't even need a seat to qualify. A simple rope suspended from a fixed point that you could hang ...
by trolley
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Hue and Cry
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Hue and Cry

heard in the wild, today...
"and there was a great human cry when Trump declared that he wanted to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement."
by trolley
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Sonogram
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: Sonogram

Indoor or outdoor plumbing?
by trolley
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: woe betide
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: woe betide

With any luck, it will bode ill before it actually betides ill. That way, you have at least a half-chance of avoiding it.
by trolley
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: woe betide
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: woe betide

After reading this I thought, "Oh no! I 've been packing an eggcorn around in my pocket for my whole life." It turned out not to be the case, though. My dear old mom always used an expression, "fit to be tied" meaning very angry. Ken had me thinking that I had misinterpreted that saying for sixty ye...
by trolley
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Outdoor area
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Re: Outdoor area

There's a lot of different answers to that question. I'd say it was a veranda...but I know many folks that would say it was a sun-deck.
by trolley
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Didn't see it coming...
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Didn't see it coming...

I overheard this one at work, today.
"I was completely blind-sighted."
by trolley
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: life-saved
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: life-saved

Now, I'm thought-provoked. I'll bet she's life-changed after such an experience.
by trolley
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Steak
Replies: 4
Views: 589

Re: Steak

Neither have I. Steve, where did you hear this definition of "steak"? I could find only one reference and (as I suspected) it was on urbandictionary.com. That's usually a pretty good indication that it won't be considered polite or proper by a lot of people.
by trolley
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Big frying pan
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Big frying pan

In the "biz", that's called a "griddle" or a "flat-top". Typically, a "grill" has a ridged surface.
by trolley
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Place to practice martial arts
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: Place to practice martial arts

The Japanese loanword "dojo" is the only thing that comes to mind. I think this would be understood by most English speakers who had, even a passing, familiarity with Eastern martial arts.
by trolley
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Well! I should.
Replies: 2
Views: 527

Re: Well! I should.

I would use "Well, I did."
by trolley
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: blind men on galloping horses
Replies: 23
Views: 16477

Re: blind men on galloping horses

The first time I tried it was when I went to a school mate's house for dinner. They had a small farm and my friend said we were having "Shake 'n Bake" (not sure how well that translates for the wizards across the water...check this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shake_%27n_Bake) I thought there were ...